The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Alan Poe

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Bridgette Davis
Writing 201
Paper #2
September 24, 2015
The Tell Tale Heart
In “The Tell Tale Heart”, written by Edgar Alan Poe is about a diseased man who has a distortion of reality and is motivated to kill a man because of his eye, then feels guilty after killing him. In this story this man defends his sanity but confesses he has killed a man. He has no motivation to kill this man other than his eye. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about timing, a guilty conscience and insanity.
The story is takes place within eight days. The location seems to be a building where the narrator is landlord and the man is one of this tenants. An unidentified man who has many problems, dreams about killing an older man because of his eye. The older man has “the eye of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it.” The eye makes the diseased man “blood ran cold.” He has to get rid of the eye and he “made up his mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” He is so motivated to kill this older man because of his “Evil Eye” haunts him at night. He doesn’t want money or passion, nor to get rid of the man, just the eye. However he cannot kill the older man without hurting his eye. He wants to kills the “Evil Eye” but save the old man.. The eyes symbolize human identity, which can’t be separated from the body. The eye can’t be removed without causing the old man to die.
For a week straight this man would walk into the older man’s house. He spies on him but cannot

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